Foxworth Genealogy Search 1 of Many

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>>> Friends and family have often heard my remarks about the frequent confusion about my relationship or lack thereof with the well-known actor and comedian, Jeff Foxworthy.

Not only is it a fact that our names spelled differently, but there is a decided difference in personality and, probably famiy geneaology, although we both hail from the South. Since the time of my stem cell transplant, however, I have decided that family heritage in the human race is not a matter of absolutes. Frankly, we all have some form of genetic connection with every other living or decesed human being. Finding my donor in a far-away location from among millions of potential matches is proof enough that humanity is truly homogenous.

More than ever, genealogy matters, even if you are not a stem cell recipient, a possible donor, or know someone in that category. That's why I am speending some time researching the "FOXWORTH" name at the numerous genealogy sites on the internet. Here are the deails of one of those recent searches. While I can't be certain about any direct family link of my family with this North Carolina clan, I also cannot rule it out. What I do now is that my grandparents on the Foxworth side had relatives in the Carolinas, although they settled in the western panhandle of Florida after a time of living in eastern Texas.

A GOOGLE search on "Foxworth" produces 1,870,000 hits, so I clearly have some extensive research remaining. Here is my very first compilation of my endeavors in this regard.

In the early part of 1800 Dougan M'Laughlin came to Marion County from North Carolina and settled fourteen miles south of Columbia, west of Pearl River. The place is known now as the Jobe Foxworth place and lies between Ball's Mill Creek and Hurricane Creek.

McLaughlin lived in a picturesque, three-story brick house overlooking the river. Back in those days small steamboats made their way up and down the river sometimes and could be seen when standing on the porch of this old home.

McLaughlin was from a settlement of Scotch Highlanders in North Carolina who contributed so largely to the early population of our county. He was educated in the University of Scotland, was a great sportsman and politician, also a devout Presbyterian and noted for his hospitality throughout the county. He owned several thoroughbred horses and a private race track. He engaged in farming and his chief crop was cotton. It is said he had difficulty in getting his cotton ginned because of the lack of waterpower on his place. After finding the little creek on which his gin was located did not furnish enough water to operate his machine he had a canal dug down from Lott's Creek. It happened that Joseph Warren was operating a mill on this creek and the canal robbed him of his water power. Warren sued McLaughlin and won the case. Having plenty of slave labor McLaughlin had another canal dug leading to another small stream but this source also proved insufficient.
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